ChangesBy Greta Zwaan
I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.
But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.
No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.
But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?
They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.
So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.
Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.
I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.
I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.
We’ve got some big news. Coldplay just revealed that their next world tour, Music of the Spheres, will have a net-zero carbon footprint, and they have a sustainability plan with special direct-air-carbon capture technology created by Climeworks. Along with this announcement, they came out with an extensive list of different environmental initiatives to help decrease carbon emissions by 50 percent in companions to the band’s latest tour in 2016-17. They will be teaming up with the Swiss company Climeworks, which specializes in machinery to help take out carbon dioxide from the air and use it for commercial use in other products, like bubbly drinks.
In a recent statement, the band said, “We have set ourselves a science-led target of 50 percent reduction in our CO2 emissions using the ‘absolute contraction’ method. We pledge to drawdown any unavoidable emissions according to the Oxford Principles for Net-Zero Aligned Carbon Offsetting.” One of the ways to reach this goal is by powering its concerts through renewable energy, which will be generated by solar installations, kinetic dance floors, and electric generating power bikes which fans can ride to help charge the battery of the show. This type of battery is the first of its kind. Renewable energy will be able to charge Coldplay’s show, and they collaborated with BMW to bring this idea to fruition.
Coldplay will also stray away from charter flights and will pay to use SAF, sustainable aviation fuel, which comes from renewable waste materials. The stage will also be built with reusable equipment, like bamboo and recycled steel. There will be a tour app for fans to use to inspire them to use low-carbon transport, and the app will provide them with discounts in return. Climeworks co-CEO and co-founder Christopher Gebald said, “We are very inspired to see public figures like Coldplay seizing the magnitude of the challenge and acting boldly by working towards ambitious emissions reduction and removing the unavoidable part.” We hope that other bands and artists follow in Coldplay’s footsteps to make the planet a healthier home for all.